When it comes to building a functional garden on your homestead you can't really get much better than adding a medicine garden. Planning a medicinal garden is easy and can go along way to building your self-sustainable homestead. These tips will make the process so much easier and will have you planting in no time.
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Planning a Medicinal Garden
Know Your Zone
Find out what grows well where you live. There is no point in hunting down a selection of plants that cannot grow where you live. Your county extension office can help with this or you can find your plant growing zone here. While some great medicinal plants are limited to where you can plant you may have the option of growing indoors or be able to find a substitute for the medicinal qualities of the plant you are unable to grow.
Plan to go fully organic with your medicinal garden. When you use herbs for health you want the best quality possible. Many of the herbs you will be drinking as tea. The cleaner the flavor the more palatable they will be. Plan to go organic from soil to seed to reduce chemicals in your medical supply. Raised beds and pots are a better option than planting directly in the ground. If you are in a pinch it is better to use your garden soil than to not grow a medicine garden at all.
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Know Your Seeds
You should always make a point to shop heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are non-GMO and you definitely want non-gmo for your medicinal garden. These seeds produce plants that in turn can produce seeds that you can save to grow the same medicinal herbs next year. Using heirloom seeds sets your herb garden up for the long term success.
Know Your Needs
When planning a medicinal garden make sure you are filling your family’s medicinal needs. Every family is different. While I can recommend the best medicinal herbs these herbs are really just a beginning. If your family has any medical conditions you want to supply herbs that can help treat these issues should you not have traditional medicine as an option in a worst-case scenario.
Planning a medicine garden is easier than most people think and using these simple tips will having you growing a successful medicinal garden in no time at all.